Samantha Capaldo, Author at National Agricultural Law Center
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By: Samantha Capaldo

U.S.-Mexico Trade Dispute Over Genetically Modified Corn

In 2023, the United States (“U.S.”) exported $13.1 billion in corn, approximately $5.4 billion of which went to Mexico. As a...

U.S. Department of Labor Finalizes Independent Contractor Rule

Classifying workers as “employees” or “independent contractors” is an important task for agricultural employers because of the legal obligations and protections...

Challenges to the 2023 U.S. Department of Labor H-2A AEWR Methodology Rule

The H-2A program, which allows employers to employ foreign nationals to fill temporary U.S. agricultural jobs, plays an essential role in...

State Tax Changes Enacted in 2023 Affecting Agriculture

April may feel far away in January, but tax day is always closer than you think. For agricultural producers, staying on...

Recent Federal and State Legislation to Amend Child Labor Laws

Agriculture can be a hazardous occupation, and adding child workers into the equation can lead to even more dangerous situations. During...

Flood Insurance for Agricultural Producers

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”), only one inch of water in a property can cause more than $25,000...

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Legal Challenges to State Hemp Laws and Regulations

In 2023, lawsuits were filed against state governments in Indiana, Arkansas, Virginia, and Alaska alleging that state hemp laws and regulations...

USDA Publishes Final Rule Amending Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards

On October 25, 2023, Secretary Vilsack announced that the Agricultural Marketing Service (“AMS”) had finalized the Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards...

Members of Congress Propose Bills to Amend the Federal Crop Insurance Program

According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, for the 2022 crop year, there were 493 million acres of land in the...

DOL, DHS, and USDA Launch New Proposed Rules and Initiatives Affecting H-2 Programs

The H-2A program allows agricultural employers to hire foreign workers when there is a shortage in domestic labor. According to Philp...

Recent Federal and State Heat Safety Proposals

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2011 and 2021, there were 436 work-related deaths attributed to environmental heat exposure....

USDA Publishes Final Dairy Donation Program Rule

The United States Department of Agriculture is responsible for several risk management tools for the dairy industry, including donation programs such...